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Pimento Cheese Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Just 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep for this classic Southern Pimento Cheese recipe!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pimento cheese recipe, pimento cheese without cream cheese
Servings: 3 ½ cups
Calories: 228.5 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimentos, NOT drained
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Place the cheese in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine diced pimentos (with their juice) and mayonnaise. Add to the cheese, toss to combine, and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Serve as a dip with fresh vegetables, spread on bread as a sandwich, or on top of crackers.
Recipe Notes
  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the pimento cheese recipe up to 3 or 4 days in advance. Store the cheese spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Allow the pimento cheese to sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before serving. This will make it softer and easier to spread.
  • Leftover pimento cheese will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Do not freeze pimento cheese, since mayonnaise tends to separate when it's thawed.
  • This recipe yields a large amount of pimento cheese spread (about 3 1/2 cups). If you are serving a smaller crowd, you can cut all of the ingredients in half to prepare a smaller batch.
  • If you're preparing pimento cheese sandwiches, you'll need approximately 1/3 - 1/2 cup of pimento cheese per sandwich. This recipe will make about 6-7 sandwiches. For 10 -15 sandwiches, you'll need to double the recipe. For 50 sandwiches, you would need about 25 cups of pimento cheese spread (or about 7 batches of this recipe).
  • Do not use pre-shredded packaged cheese. It's best if you grate the cheese by hand or in a food processor just before using.
  • Depending on your taste preferences, you can 1-2 tablespoons of grated Vidalia onion to the pimento cheese, stir in minced jalapeño peppers, cayenne or hot sauce for a spicy kick, or add dill pickle relish for a briny finish. We think that the basic recipe is best, though!
Nutrition Facts
Pimento Cheese Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 cup)
Calories 228.5 Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.7g33%
Saturated Fat 8.6g54%
Cholesterol 32.9mg11%
Sodium 274.2mg12%
Potassium 1.5mg0%
Sugar 1.7g2%
Protein 8.1g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.